FBI Stats Show Hate Crimes Against Muslims Are Up, But That’s Not Whole Story

fbiThe FBI has released stats on hate crimes in 2015, and unfortunately there was a 6 percent rise from the previous year.

There were a total of roughly 5850 hate crime incidents in 2015, with a disturbing majority motivated by bias against race and ethnicity.

And of those, 52.7 percent of all race-related hate crimes were motivated by anti-black bias, 18.2 percent by anti-white bias, and 9.4 percent by anti-Hispanic bias.

Now, you may have heard about these stats due to headlines highlighting the number of hate crimes against Muslims. And yes, there was a disturbing 67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims between 2014 and 2015.

22.2 percent of overall hate crimes catalogued by the FBI were anti-Muslim in nature, but a shocking 51.3 percent were anti-Jewish.

It’s worth noting that while it was not connected to the FBI report, there was an announcement today that the American Jewish Committee and the Islamic Society of North America are forming the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council to address the rights of and bigotry against Jews and Muslims.

There were plenty of other hate crimes carried out, the FBI report says, due to people’s sexuality, gender identity, and even disability.

You can read the full FBI stats here.

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